INTD 4045: Patient Notes

Course Director

Alex Papanastassiou, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Kenneth T. Hughes, MD, Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology

Patient Notes is an interactive, inter-professional course that engages students in music listening sessions to teach students active listening skills. Through various forms of music, students will learn how to actively listen for specific details to gain insight on meaning, become comfortable with ambiguity and interpretation, and develop pattern recognition skills to quickly recognize deviation.  Taught jointly by UT Health San Antonio faculty and professional musicians from the community, this strategy of applying specific listening skills for music will be analogous to how students can apply listening skills clinically. Specifically, this course aims to improve interview and history-taking skills, physical exam skills that involve auscultation, and note-writing skills. This is also an opportunity for students to practice problem-solving with other healthcare professionals.

If you are interested in the course, please contact Iris Mast at


  • Improve listening skills
  • Improve pattern recognition skills
  • Gain comfort with ambiguity
  • Improve physical exam skills
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills
  • Practice interprofessional problem solving

Course Requirements

  • In person class session
  • Open to all students
  • Pre- and post-course assessments
  • Outside venue assignment
  • Creative sound performance